Recommendations for a compact tractor

Kevtherev

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Location
Welshpool Powys
As above thoughts on compact tractors
35-50hp either hydrostatic or with creeper range.
Kubota looks the best for quality and resale value.
Thanks in advance for all suggestions.
 

Hjwise

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Mixed Farmer
I’ve just bought a Farmtrac FT26. A bit smaller than you looking for but happy with it so far. It’s a big Indian company (part owned by Kubota I believe) so parts shouldn’t be a problem. Hydrostatic with a good front loader for about £11k.
It feels well built and looks good too.
 

40 series

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If every tractor was as good as this one has been so far I couldn’t complain. 45hp manual with creep box. Not sure if brand new would have the same build quality as the older range but I am more than happy with kubota. The day you buy is the day you sell
 

Dave W

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Location
chesterfield
There are some seriously impressive compacts around now. So much so I'd say there's a place on most stock farms for one. Something around 40-50hp with a loader is a serious weapon.
We borrow a 50hp to load sand into a spreader similar to above. It will outperform a conventional loader tractor. Even having to do twice as many cycles to load
 

steveR

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Mixed Farmer
Go Korean, Kev!!

I still really, really rate my Kioti. Great build quality (way better than Kubota!) and tough as old boots. Come and see mine if you want, it has had a mass of hard work and been bombproof. Only issues was electrical from a ropey control box.

I now have a cheapie Branson 25hp to replace the old McCormick, panel work build not a patch on Kioti, but a lot cheaper. I would have gone for another Kioti last year, but none about at the time.... Looked briefly at the Indian and Chinese offerings, and moved on... quickly.

Both HST which I rate in little 'uns.
 
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steveR

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Mixed Farmer
There are some seriously impressive compacts around now. So much so I'd say there's a place on most stock farms for one. Something around 40-50hp with a loader is a serious weapon.
We borrow a 50hp to load sand into a spreader similar to above. It will outperform a conventional loader tractor. Even having to do twice as many cycles to load
And use a fraction of fuel to boot. I did not kit my Branson with a FEL and curse teh fact regularly...

The sheer manouvreability would shock the lad used to 120hp yard tractors :)
 

Sausage

Member
Where I used to work they had a kilworth, which I think was a rebadged iseki. At a guess it was about 30hp. It was an absolute weapon. Did about 45kph and simply did everything asked if it. It never had enough maintenance but that didn’t seem to bother it. We only used it for topping, hedge cutting and rotavating, so no hydraulic functions. The kubotas by comparison were aweful, but I expect they have come a long way since. I would say the kubotas always worked, just slow and uncomfortable.
 

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The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

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